In England: The CLPE Children’s Poetry Award Names Its Shortlist

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The shortlist announcement for the CLPE Children’s Poetry award was streamed to schools with nominated poets on-hand.

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

A Program in Its 20th Year
Today (April 30), the United Kingdom’s CLPE Children’s Poetry Award. While “CLiPPA” sounds like a sibling of Peppa, it in fact stands for the Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award.

Having been established in 2023, the program now is in its 20th year, and it carries a £1,000 purse for the winner, as well as a trophy and “opportunities to engage in publicity” thanks to being shortlisted.

A live event has been held today for the shortlist announcement, with jury chair Chris Riddell hosting and schools in many parts of the country watching the live stream.

In the course of the stream, all  five shortlisted poets gave readings of their work, and a “shadowing scheme” now follows the event.

The 2023 CLPE Poetry Award Shortlist

Links in our listing here are for the CLPE program’s own material on each shortlisted title.

Jurors for this year’s award cycle have included:

  • Chris Riddell, illustrator, artist, political cartoonist for the Observer and former children’s book laureate
  • Valerie Bloom, the CLiPPA 2022 winner for Stars with Flaming Tails and author of other poetry volumes for adults and children
  • Jay Bhadricha, head of program at Forward Arts Foundation (the Forward Prizes for Poetry and National Poetry Day)
  • Indigo Williams, British-Nigerian writer and a project manager at BookTrust
  • Charlotte Hacking, learning and program director at CLPE

The winner of this competition is to be named on July 10 at London’s National Theater.


More from Publishing Perspectives on poetry is here, more from us on the world’s many book and publishing award competitions is here, and more from us on children’s literature is here.

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Porter Anderson is a non-resident fellow of Trends Research & Advisory, and he has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.

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